Follow your incubators instructions. Pay a little extra for the turbo fan model. Still air will hatch, but
I believe it is worth the extra money, especially if you want to hatch a lot of eggs.
Buy a hydrometer at the pet store in the reptiles section. They have a pack that has a thermometer and hydrometer
for around $8. You can keep your humidity about 5 to 10 percent higher than they say to.
Dont trust the thermometer that comes with the incubator. Mine was off by over 5 degrees. L
To Help or not to help?
(should you help a chick out of the shell?)
I dont believe there is a right or wrong to this question.
I have helped, and it has turned out absolutely wonderful, and it has turned out absolutely awful.
You must wait or try to wait 24 hours after their first pip before you help. I have had one go for 22 hours
then suddenly out they pop.
I use clean toothpick and very carefully pick the opposite direction of the chicks work. If you break the
egg and you see some blood, stop, put them back in the incubator and wait a half an hour, then try again. Dont keep them out
of the incubator for very long periods of time. Take your time getting them out of their shell, they may still be absorbing
their yolk sac. That is why you should wait 24 hours.
After I get he top off, I like to make them kick the bottom off and they usually will.
I have rescued 1 chicken that lived (it was upside down in the egg), I tried to rescue several of its siblings,
but they died, about 5. So the odds arent very good 1-6.
I rescued 2 button quail, both are fine, both had crippled feet, one came out of it and the other never did,
but you cant even tell it is handicapped. But we love our little tiny tim. I also rescued a pharaoh quail, it is fine.
So use your own judgment, and be careful